Creative Titanium HD card
still deciding on amp(Schiit Asguard, Magni, o2. ETC..)
An older Yahaha reciever with Polk speakers and sub
So run RCA cables from the Titanium HD's RCA output to the RCA inputs on the Yamaha receiver and set the Yamaha to 2-channel audio.
Plug the Q701s into the Yamaha (the Titanium HD can send headphone surround sound thru the RCA outputs, to the Yamaha).
See how the setup sounds.
What is happening is the TiHD (Titanium HD) receives a digital audio signal thru the PCI-E slot.
The TiHD processes the signal into a 2-channel analog audio signal (for headphones).
The analog audio signal is then sent thru the RCAs to the Yamaha receiver (RCA), the Yamaha then runs the 2-channel analog audio signal to the receiver's (amplified) headphone jack.
The TiHD-s DAC chip (PCM1794) is the only digital to analog converstion, in the signal chain.
Thanks Purple for that explanation.
I have a HTR-5830 btw.
For future reference, if I decide to get rid of the Yamaha and get a dedicated headphones amp, could I run the sub still? How would this be hooked up?
I have no idea on how to use headphones and a separate sub-woofer at the same time.
Not really sure it's worth the hassle to try to hook everything up that way.
There are three different ways to connect the Titanium HD to the Yamaha receiver.
You can run an optical cable from the Titanium HD to the Yamaha.
You can run an analog signal, RCA to RCA
You could run analog from the Ti-HD's headphone output to the Yamaha's RCA input, but I would guess(?) the RCA to RCA would offer a slightly cleaner signal.
Personally, I would think the RCA to RCA is the best choice (for headphones), as chances are the Titanium HD's DAC (PCM1794) is a fair bit better then the Yamaha's DAC chip.
And I would assume the Yamaha has a least one (or more) setting(s) that would bypass the Yamaha's DAC, like the "Pure Direct Mode" maybe(?).
The digital optical connection would be best for a 5.1 (6-channel) speaker setup with the Yamaha
Or just get an external headphone amplifier and connect it directly to the Ti-HD's RCA output.